Men’s soccer rallies, but falls in opener

ERIE, Pa. – Fredonia State fell in overtime to Baldwin-Wallace, 2-1, in the season-opening match for both teams during the Herb Lauffer Memorial Tournament at Penn State Behrend.

BW’s Michael Brennan took a short one-touch pass and scored a one-touch shot into a vacated net five minutes into the extra period.

“It was a tough way to lose with only eight seconds to go in overtime,” said Fredonia State head coach PJ Gondek. “We did a great job battling back after an anxious first half. The second half was very encouraging. We created a lot of opportunities.”

The Blue Devils rallied from a 1-0 deficit to force the overtime.They endeavored to score a tying goal with nine shots in the second half. Three of them came during one long possession.

A pair of shots by Brandon Schick sailed wide, then high. Luke Tylutki also was wide.

A transition by Behrend led to one shot, which was blocked by a Devil defender. Fredonia State quickly transitioned back to offense and tied the score at 1-1 as Jakob Persons scored on a volley from inside the box in the 67th minute. Jay Dry was credited with an assist.

Fredonia State had its best scoring chance of the first half in the 20th minute when a shot by Tylutki banged off the goal post.

Having averted that, Baldwin-Wallace went on the offensive.

Erik Sokol gave the Yellowjackets a 1-0 lead as he took advantage of a 1-on-1 with Blue Devil goalkeeper Mike Schreiner in the 25th minute.

The Yellowjackets kept up the pressure for the next three minutes, only to see Schreiner make a pair of saves. He finished the game with seven saves. Yellowjacket goalkeeper Tyler Beaton had three saves.

“We expended a whole lot of energy in the first half,” Gondek said. “And it really showed in overtime. We were pinned in our own end and just weren’t able to pull it off.”

The Blue Devils were outshot 4-2 and out-cornered 4-0 in the first half, and 15-11 in the game. After taking seven fouls in the first half, they had only four during the next 45 minutes. They then committed three fouls during overtime.

Fredonia State will play 5 p.m. Saturday against the loser of Friday night’s other game between host Penn State Behrend and Bethany.

Women’s Volleyball

Devils open with

win over Baruch,

fall to Juniata

CORTLAND – Fredonia State opened its 2013 women’s volleyball season by splitting a pair of matches Friday at the Cortland Red Dragon Invitational.

The Blue Devils started the day with a 25-16, 28-26, 25-18 victory over Baruch, followed by a 25-17, 25-10. 25-8 loss to Juniata.

Against Baruch, Sara Madison led all hitters with 14 kills and 39.4 percent success rate. Kelly Edinger had 36 assists and added seven digs to the defensive effort.

Lauren Hokaj and Brittney Kelly led that effort with 19 and 12 digs, respectively, while Hannah Manning had six total blocks. Kaitlin Orcutt and Jessica DiChristopher added to the offense with eight kills each. Paulina Rein had two service aces.

The Blue Devils (1-1) struggled with their receiving and hitting in the loss to Juniata. They managed 19 kills combined, five each by Orcutt and DiChristopher. Edinger assisted on 14 of the Blue Devils’ 35 points. Kelly had 13 digs, Rein eight, and DiChristopher two blocks.

The Blue Devils are back twice Saturday – at 11 a.m. vs. Lebanon Valley, at 1:30 p.m. vs. University of Rochester.